The Loss of a Dear Loved One

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Writing has been on my mind a lot. But the topics seem to be jumbled up. Lately I’ve been trying to discuss my focus on a positive lifestyle but haven’t quite figured out the way to go about it. Writer’s block I guess. Then I hear the news. The sad news. Of the death of my uncle. My uncle with no real health issues. The father of the cousins who made my childhood so memorable. The shock has been so real and I’m utterly speechless as to what this is.
To Allah we belong and to him we will return. That sounds perfect. My heavy heart finds rest in Allah’s words. Allah is the only eternal one, free of any needs. After the solace of Allah’s words, is just the natural sadness of the loss. The loss of this great man with a heart warming smile that was always on his face. The wonderfully sweet manners. I feel sorry for my cousins. My aunt. Everyone close to him who will feel his absence way more than me. And I pray Allah gives them ease during this hard time.
I am also reminded of the reality of death. How sudden it can be. How life is going normally one day until it’s not going at all. It’s stopped. The only thing that really matters is how we behave in between life and death. If after we forget, we remember. If after we hurt, we apologize. If after we wrong, we right. If after we sin, we repent.
I hope his image of me was anything close to what my image of him was. Because to me he was a great and loving man. May Allah give him ease in the grave and give him ease on the day of judgement. May Allah give him jannatul firdous without hisab. May Allah give his whole family ease. May Allah guide us all and make us all among those whom He loves. Ameen

Did I Do Enough?

One morning, as I lay in bed after Suhoor, my eyes were wanting to go to sleep but my mind was still awake. I remember the night before my sister spoke to me about wanting to go to the park by my house after Sehri and check out the sunrise. Our park has this “preserved wetlands” and walking trail right by it, where there are no buildings or houses built, just a huge chunk of land with trees; a perfect spot to see the sunrise. So finally I got over my laziness, kicked back the covers, put on my hoodie and set out to watch the sun rise. It was a Friday morning, the air was crisp and the sky was clear. The sunrise was incredible. 

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The next one I got to capture was the morning after the 27th of Ramadan.  I wanted to check out if the sun was just like the way the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam described it would be after Laylatul Qadr. Continue reading

Reminders

I shall tell you four things which people generally are guilty of:

1) Criticizing and accusing people. This brings about negligence in the execution of Allah’s laws.

2) Jealousy for the progress of a Muslim. This leads to ingratitude.

3) Accumulation of haraam (unlawful) assets. This causes forgetfulness of the Aakhirah (hereafter).

4) To become careless regarding the warnings of Allah Ta’ala and to lose hope in His promises. This lead to kufr (Unbelief).

Sufyaan at Thauri said to Hadhrat Haatim

Carpe Diem

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Many times we put off doing something because it’s ordinary, for doing that one big extraordinary thing.  We wait for a “Eureka” moment to do what we need to do.  Yet we don’t realize that doing a bunch of ordinary things consistently is what makes us extraordinary.  Everyone has the ability to lose weight, to better their character, to memorize the quran, to smile at the face of their brother, etc, etc…but do we do this consistently?  Or do most just do it once or every once in a while and then give up?  When we look at our role models we have to understand that they didn’t become that way overnight, they did a bunch of ordinary things consistently and never gave up.

 So if you are waiting for that one moment to start praying, to read the quran, to learn the religion, to develop better ikhlaq, to learn a new hobby or to lose weight, guess what? That moment is now. Carpe Diem. Sieze the Day!

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) stated, “The two feet of the son of Adam will not move on the Day of Judgement in front of his Lord until he is asked about five things: about his life, and how he spent it? And about his youth, what did he consume it in? And about his money, how did he earn it? And what did he spend it on? And how much did he act upon what he knew?”

 

 

 

Prayer

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and he took a bath in it five times a day would you notice any dirt on him?” They said, “Not a trace of dirt would be left.” The Prophet added, “That is the example of the five prayers with which Allah blots out (annuls) evil deeds.” (Sahih Al Bukhari Volume 1, Book 10, Hadith # 506)

A Letter For You

Asalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

To proceed,

Whoever contemplates death frequently speaks little, while he who knows that death is certain is satisfied with a little.

O people, you were not created in vain, nor will you be left to yourselves. Rather, you will return to a place in which Allah will descend, in order to judge among you and distinguish between you. Destitute and last are those who forsake the All-Encompassing Mercy of Allah. They will be excluded from Paradise: the borders of which are as wide as the heavens and the earth. Do you not know that protection tomorrow will be limited to those who feared Allah today: that it will be for those who aid something ephemeral for something permanent, something small for something great, and fear for protection? Continue reading